Menon's family members started distributing sweets and are waiting for him anxiously in Chennai. Meanwhile, TV reports informed that the helicopter, which will take Menon to Sukma, has reached Chhattisgarh.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Maoists announced that they would release the collector. The ultras handed over Menon to the two mediators - BD Sharma and Professor G Hargopal. The collector was abducted on Apr 21 from Sukma district.